ca. 1840s, [portrait of a woman holding a single rose in a black lace gloved hand]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1840s, [portrait of a woman holding a single rose in a black lace gloved hand]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1890, [cabinet card, portrait of dancer Miss Murdock, in a lovely costume], Moreno & Lopez of New York
via Luminous Lint, courtesy of Ohio State University, Jerome University Library, Charles H. McCaghy Collection of Exotic Dance from Burlesque to Clubs

ca. 1890, [cabinet card, portrait of dancer Miss Murdock, in a lovely costume], Moreno & Lopez of New York

via Luminous Lint, courtesy of Ohio State University, Jerome 
University Library, Charles H. McCaghy Collection of Exotic Dance from Burlesque to Clubs

ca. 1870s-90s, [tintype of a possible double-exposure, or two people playing the roles of a suitor and love interest]
via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1870s-90s, [tintype of a possible double-exposure, or two people playing the roles of a suitor and love interest]

via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a mother tenderly embracing her child]
via Jeffery Kraus Antique Photographics, Ambrotype Collection

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a mother tenderly embracing her child]

via Jeffery Kraus Antique Photographics, Ambrotype Collection

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a man and a woman reading a book], New York Gallery
via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a man and a woman reading a book], New York Gallery

via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1850’s, [father-daughter daguerreotype portrait]
via Ebay

ca. 1850’s, [father-daughter daguerreotype portrait]

via Ebay

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite spirit portrait of “Herbert Wilson and his intended”], Mains James Riley, Von Hasseln
via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite spirit portrait of “Herbert Wilson and his intended”], Mains James Riley, Von Hasseln

via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1860-80’s, [hand tinted tintype portrait of a freckled pastor or minister with a cross]
via Ebay

ca. 1860-80’s, [hand tinted tintype portrait of a freckled pastor or minister with a cross]

via Ebay

ca. 1865-1910, [tintype portrait of a couple seated in front of a paper moon]
via Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Museum

ca. 1865-1910, [tintype portrait of a couple seated in front of a paper moon]

via Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Museum

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman with flowers]
via Jeffery Kraus Antique Photographics, Daguerreotype Collection

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman with flowers]

via Jeffery Kraus Antique Photographics, Daguerreotype Collection

ca. 1900, [portrait of Lilla and Cornelius C. Kenney], Halifax Photographic Company
via Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute

ca. 1900, [portrait of Lilla and Cornelius C. Kenney], Halifax Photographic Company

via Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a Chinese man holding a flower], William Shew
via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a Chinese man holding a flower], William Shew

via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1875, [albumen portrait of a smiling couple]
via Luminous Lint, courtesy of Larry Gotheim of Be-Hold

ca. 1875, [albumen portrait of a smiling couple]

via Luminous Lint, courtesy of Larry Gotheim of Be-Hold

ca. 1870, “The Downs By Moonlight”, [carte de visite portrait of a couple by moonlit waters]
via Ordinary Light

ca. 1870, “The Downs By Moonlight”, [carte de visite portrait of a couple by moonlit waters]

via Ordinary Light

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